Thank you to all our patrons as listed below. If you wish to become a Chamber patron then please contact us here. You can view a list of current Chamber patrons with links to their websites below.
Established in 1905, with its headquarters based in York, the not-for-profitbenenden health,is one of the UK’s leading health and wellbeing mutual communities.
We offer a range of discretionary healthcare and well-being services to individuals and businesses. Our aim is to provide physical and emotional wellbeing to all our members. For more information visit www.benenden.co.uk
Bond Dickinson is a leading commercial law firm with a national reputation. We provide legal services for corporate, commercial, public sector and private clients across the UK.
As well as providing quality legal services to our clients, we also offer a range of added value professional services including a dedicated investments and pensions team and an integrated town and country planning service.
BT plc BT is a leading provider of communications solutions serving customers throughout the world. BT continues to work in the region delivering ICT solutions to businesses and community organisations which focus on the success and growth of the regional economy.
Finn makes a difference for its clients, focusing on organisational outcomes, rather than outputs. We work with our clients to understand their business objectives and then develop campaigns which meet them, whether that’s generating sales uplift, managing reputation or influencing policy decisions.
First is the leading transport provider across West & North Yorkshire providing over 100m customer journeys by bus every year. Our vision is to provide solutions for an increasingly congested world, keeping people moving and communities prospering.
We offer a network of services across the region with a fleet of over 1000 vehicles connecting people with access to work, education and leisure including the successful Park & Ride sites in York and Leeds.
With over 3000 employees, our local bus services are the vitality of our towns and cities and we work closely with our transport partners to introduce innovative improvements to our services including new, low emission and electric buses, Wi-Fi and smart ticketing.
Our value for money services are helping grow passenger numbers every year and help reduce congestion on our roads. Successful bus services are crucial to supporting a local economy and First is proud to be driving public transport forward in our region.
Garbutt & Elliott
Garbutt & Elliott is a leading independent firm of Chartered Accountants with 9 partners and approximately 100 staff. We advise and support forward thinking SMEs, owner-managed and family businesses and their owners across Yorkshire. Our key aims are to build trusted relationships and consistently deliver success and wealth for our clients based on a strong understanding of their business and personal needs and objectives.
In addition to audit and accounting support we provide a range of specialist services including tax, corporate finance, trusts and inheritance tax. Many of our specialist advisors have joined us from large national firms. We regularly find we can generate tax savings for new clients from the outset of the relationship. The vast majority of our clients stay with us for many years which we believe is testament to the standard of service we can offer business and personal clients in the Yorkshire region. Garbutt & Elliott is also an associate of Praxity, a worldwide alliance of similar firms enabling us to provide expertise to clients on a global scale where required.
Inc Enterprise - Previously known as the Unit, Inc Enterprise is a purpose built business incubator based in Leeds City Centre offering premises and support for start up and fledgling businesses. Originally funded by the European Social Fund and the European Regional Development Fund, Inc Enterprise opened in November 2006 on the ground floor of Park Lane House, Leeds City College.
Patronage of the Chamber provides a fantastic opportunity for our start up businesses to have their voice heard by the policy making bodies in the City, whilst giving access to the wide range of membership benefits, products and services available to them. Inc Enterprise is passionate about supporting small businesses, and being a Patron of the Chamber ensures that the needs of very small start up businesses are recognised by a wide range of partners, stakeholders and city businesses.
Leeds Beckett University - Enterprise and Innovation AcademyThe University's Enterprise and Innovation Academy supports innovation and growth; through research, consultancy, access to graduate talent, skills development and funding. We offer free business membership to make it easier for businesses to access our events, facilities and specialist expertise. The University is also home to over 200 small business housed within its Enterprise and Innovation Centres (formerly known as QU2) located across Leeds City Centre, Headingley and Wakefield. These professional centres are the ideal places to set up or grow a business, with flexible affordable office contracts and lots of business support on tap as well as free business lounge facilities.
Leeds City College Leeds City College is the UK's third largest FE establishment, offering a diverse curriculum to over 50,000 students. We provide a vibrant, multicultural learning environment, delivering excellent and innovative education which is supportive, inspiring and life changing. Our courses cover almost all subject areas and include full and part-time academic and vocational qualifications through from basic skills to apprenticeships and A Levels to Foundation Degrees. There is something to suit the needs of everyone from pre and post 16-year-olds to adult learners, employers and businesses. Leeds City College operates out of six main campuses - Horsforth, Joseph Priestley, Keighley, Park Lane, Technology and Thomas Danby - as well as having provisions in dozens of smaller community centres across the region.
The College is renowned for a number of key specialisms, with National Skills Academy status for Community Sport Enterprise, Creative & Cultural Skills, Food & Drink Manufacture, Hospitality, Retail, Financial Services and Sports & Fitness, as well as accolades for Printing and Computer Technology. Leeds City College has an annual turnover of over £90m and employs more than 2,000 staff, making it one of the area's largest employers.
Lloyds Bank Wholesale Banking & Markets provides comprehensive expert financial services to over 26,000 businesses, from those with over £15 million annual turnover to those with turnover in the billions. Maintaining a network of relationship teams across the UK, as well as internationally, the Bank delivers the mix of local understanding and global expertise necessary to provide long-term support and advice to our customers.
Our heritage means we have an unrivalled understanding of business needs and a proven track record of supporting customers across the sectors and regions. Taking a relationship approach, the Bank provides support to our customers throughout the economic cycle. Lloyds Bank has been voted Bank of the Year for an unprecedented seven consecutive years at the FDs' Excellence Awards in association with ICAEW and supported by the CBI & Real Business.
nti are the North of England's premier technology training centre, providing cutting edge courses for people who work with technology. Our training and certifications are accredited by some of the world's biggest brands such as Apple, Adobe, Zend and APMG. Our courses take place at Old Broadcasting House, a place where learning, connecting and innovating happen every day. That's what makes our training unique. So whether you're looking to develop new skills for yourself or your whole team, we can help.
Northern Rail Formed in 2004, Northern Rail operates local and regional train services every day in the north of England. Since they were created they have attracted 34% more passengers, improved punctuality to more than 91% of trains on time and invested, with partners, £100m in better trains and stations for the communities they serve. With 4,800 employees providing nearly 2,550 local and regional train services every weekday, makes Northern Rail the largest train operator in the UK.
O2 (UK) Ltd Employing almost 3,000 people O2 is one of the largest private sector employers in Leeds. Being a leading provider of mobile services to consumers and businesses O2 have established themselves as a major regional operator, and play a vital role in developing the Leeds a economy. The rewards of their commitment can be seen by the accolades received - ranked #1 for customer service in prepay, post-pay, and retail in addition the Financial Times recognised them as being amongst the top 30 best companies to work for.
QU2 A hub for high growth businesses Queen Square Business Quarter at Leeds Metropolitan University is the perfect place to set up and develop your business potential. Located in the heart of Leeds, our virtual office is ideal for start ups, freelancers or those wanting to establish a Leeds presence. We also provide desk space and bright spacious office accommodation, all on flexible monthly terms. Our friendly onsite team provide affordable business services and invaluable training designed to coach your business from start to maturity and keep it going from strength to strength. We have worked closely with Leeds Chamber of Commerce for a number of years and the opportunities they provide to our clients are invaluable to help them build their business.
Reserve Forces' and Cadets' Association (RFCA) The Reserve Forces' and Cadets' Association (RFCA) was established over 100 years ago, initially to oversee the well-being of the Territorial Army Reserves. Over time the RFCA have widened their role to assisting three services and the Cadet organisations. The reserve forces play a vital and active role in supporting the country's defences, with over 300 soldiers, sailors and airmen routinely mobilised each year to serve in Afghanistan. These men and women gain invaluable skills from their training which in turn contributes to their employers and the economy. Likewise, the cadet organisations help develop young people and improve their employability. It is this contribution by the RFCA to the wider economy and individual communities which is of huge importance to communities and business alike.
Savills plc is a leading international real estate advisor listed on the London Stock Exchange. Established in 1855, Savills has a rich heritage with unrivalled growth. Across Yorkshire Savills has offices in Leeds, York and Harrogate and in total there are 200 Savills offices and associates throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and Middle East. Savills has also been ranked as the number one employer in the property industry by The Times for three consecutive years (2007, 2008, 2009).
The Grand Hotel & Spa is York's first five star hotel. Based in the 1906 railway headquarters of Britain, a £25m investment has transformed this magnificent Edwardian building into a luxury hotel, complete with a vaulted spa, two Rosette Grill Room Restaurant, Whisky lounge, outdoor terrace and the finest guest rooms and suites in York. Overlooking the city's historic wall and with stunning views of the Minster, The Grand is brilliantly located for a citybreak taking in York's many attractions or as a base to explore Yorkshire. The 107 guest rooms - including 13 suites - are individually designed and furnished to a high specification, creating an indulgent yet unpretentious environment for both leisure and business travellers. The Grand's graceful Edwardian architecture and distinctive meeting event space provide a unique and memorable setting for corporate meetings and events.
TPP has been delivering clinical systems to the NHS for over a decade. In 1998, we developed a clinical IT system to link a GP practice and a diabetes service in Bradford; SystmOne was born. Fast forward to 2012 and SystmOne is now being used by 110,000 NHS staff across England and hosts electronic records for a third of the country’s patients. TPP currently has over 150 dedicated employees with a vast range of training and expertise and has placed in the Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to work for list, for the last three years.
The SystmOne Social Care module has recently been developed to provide one fully integrated technology solution, connecting primary, secondary and social care.
University of Leeds The University of Leeds is ranked amongst the world's top 100 universities (QS World University Rankings 2010) and is a major economic and cultural contributor to the city and the region. The University's vision is that by 2015, its distinctive ability to integrate world class research, scholarship and education will create a major impact on global challenges facing society, securing Leeds a place amongst the top 50 universities in the world.
Westfield Health: Westfield Health is a not for profit health insurance company formed almost a century ago.
Since 1919 it has been keeping hardworking people fit and healthy. Westfield is there for people at every stage of their life, with a range of award winning health cash plans and hospital treatment insurance that work as hard as you do.
Westfield is passionate about looking after people. Innovating, listening, caring, delivering and keeping people at their healthy best.
York St John Business School Established in 1865 York St John University has successfully grown to meet the diverse needs of an ever changing population and business environment. York St John University Business School welcomes partnerships with all sectors of the York and North Yorkshire business community and offers a range of services to our client partners from leadership and management education through to consultancy. In the current complex and rapidly changing business environment, organisations need to be sure that they are developing their people in line with demands - not just for today, but also for tomorrow and into the future. Whatever your company size, we can transform the strategic development of your business through our talented individuals. We are committed to inspiring and achieving excellence, underpinned by our philosophy of transferring theory into practice, advancing management knowledge and solving real-world business and management problems.
Yorkshire Bank Ltd - Leeds Yorkshire Bank, part of the National Australia Bank Group, combines global strength with the local service of a well established regional bank. The Bank offers a range of services for personal and business customers through our network of branches and Financial Solutions Centres.